J. Marion Sims

James Marion Sims’ statue on the edge of Central Park at 5th and 103rd. The mad scientist who pioneered modern gynecology. Sims did so by ruthlessly experimenting on enslaved women in Alabama. Later he moved to New York and started the world’s first women’s hospital. In 1906 the hospital moved to a grand, now gone, building at W 109th, near Amsterdam, where Cathedral Parkway Towers now stands. Here, his methods and attitudes remained–still are–controversial.

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